Worrying about past kamma only as it will affect all beings
- "Conclude the session by developing an attitude of equanimity. Remind yourself that all beings will experience happiness or sorrow in line with their actions. In many cases, their actions lie beyond your control, and your own past actions can't be erased. In cases where these actions place **obstacles in the way of the happiness you wish for all beings**, you simply have to accept the fact with equanimity. That way you can focus on areas where you can make a difference through your present actions. This is why the traditional formula for equanimity focuses on the issue of action:
"All living beings are the owners of their actions, heir to their actions, born of their actions, are related through their actions, and live dependent on their actions. Whatever they do, for good or for evil, to that will they fall heir."
Thinking in this way helps you not to get worked up about what you can't change, so that you can devote the energy of your goodwill to what you can."
From: With Each & Every Breath: A Guide to Meditation
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (103 page pdf)
For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma.
Antony: The fourth sentence I marked with asterisks ** turned on a light bulb in my mind! So equanimity can awaken one to the fact that one is learning from one's mistakes in developing the skill of wishing for the happiness of all beings, rather than selfishly trying to cope emotionally with the kammic results of past transgressions as they are affecting one's personal happiness. Compassion for others is not just additional on top of one's personal predicament but is foundational and one is never starting from scratch but can build upon what one is already doing.
With metta / Antony.